Type:

Lesson Plan

Description:

In this lesson, students will explore the vice of self-deception in this lesson on civic virtue. Students will examine John Brown deceived himself due to his self-righteousness that he could end slavery in the antebellum United States by freeing and arming slaves to launch a racial war in the South. Students will analyze a historical narrative, discussion guide, primary sources, and other activities to decide whether it is acceptable to break the law based upon one's view of a higher law.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > Civics
  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

Inalienable/Natural Rights; Liberty; Equality; Equal Protection; Slavery; Personal Liberty; Liberty; Justice Early Republic

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

D2.Civ.2.K-2: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Explain how all people, not just official leaders, play important roles in a community.

D2.Civ.5.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.

D2.Civ.8.3-5: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Identify core civic virtues and democratic principles that guide government, society, and communities.

D2.Civ.10.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.

D2.His.3.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Use questions generated about individuals and groups to assess how the significance of their actions changes over time and is shaped by the historical context.

D2.His.5.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze how historical contexts shaped and continue to shape people's perspectives.

D2.His.14.9-12: College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

Analyze multiple and complex causes and effects of events in the past.
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